America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful is a patriotic song that stirs the emotions.  It is also hard to sing well!  

Download it free in six keys, as a lead sheet, or with piano accompaniment/four-part harmony.

First, the lead sheets.  Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs to print.

Free sheet music America the Beautiful

It's a good audition song

Because the intervals of the chorus of this popular patriotic song are very tricky to sing without a piano accompaniment (for younger and less experienced singers, at any rate), it makes a good High School Choir audition song.

Try singing it a capella

Oh boy.  NOW students can't hide!  

Here in Alaska, the audition for being part of the state and local Honor Choirs calls for a couple of major scales, a descending arpeggio (broken chord), and one verse of THIS song, sung with no accompaniment.

What makes this song so difficult to sing without an accompaniment?

I think it is the melody's use of almost all the intervals, and the temporary modulation (change of key) at the end of line two.  

Most particularly, starting at the end of line two and into line three, your students who are plagued with intonation weaknesses may have trouble getting back into the tonic.  

Those large intervals (4ths, 5ths, and 6ths) in rapid succession are tricky!

Here is what the four-part harmony (or piano version) looks like:

America the Beautiful four-part harmony or piano arrangement sheet music


This is the same arrangement you will run into in most hymnals.



Here are the lead sheet links:


America the Beautiful in the Key of A 


America in the Key of Bb


Download in the key of B


Download in the key of C


Download in the key of D


Download in the key of G 



Here are the links for the piano or four-part harmony arrangement:


Download "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies" for piano in A


Download America for piano in key of Bb


Download in key of B


Download in key of C


Download in key of D


Download in key of G (lowest key)



I do recommend having your voice students work with this piece, even if vocal auditions are a long way off!

See all the free patriotic songs on my site!

America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)

America the Beautiful

Anchors Aweigh

Army Theme

Marine's Hymn

Star-Spangled Banner

Taps

...and if you can't find it here, you might be able to find a (for-sale) version in the "Patriotic" category at Musicnotes:

Get Sheet Music at Musicnotes.com



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